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Published: Wednesday, July 24 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

The part about the prison being a "recruiting tool for terriorists" is not really a problem. The major recruiting tool is the presense of American forces in the terriorists home countries. Bin Laden himself said that he attacked America because he didn't like the infidel in his homeland. As for closing Gitmo, well, the last time I checked, (about 30 seconds ago) Obama has been President for going on 5 years. Obama said he would close Gitmo. As CINC and as the one with complete say so on foreign policy, he could close it this afternoon, (like Powell said) if he really wanted to. Some will say Congress won't let him, but on the issue of a military prison overseas, Obama has complete authority if he wants to use it. If he doesn't, and blames Republicans, he is just dodging the issue. If he wanted to use his power, it could happen, like he is doing with Obamacare being delayed. In other words, it's Obamas fault that Gitmo is open. Period.

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

The principles cited in this op-ed sound grand but skirt around the issue. Gitmo serves a vital national security purpose, and there is no viable alternative (without threatening the American people or compromising classified information). Closing it would be foolish, especially if we do it in response to condemnations from some other countries, many of whom hate us regardless or would love to see us weakened. Ignore the detractors. Keep Gitmo.

Steve C. Warren
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

As usual, David Irvine is absolutely right. Guantanamo is a blot on the Bill of Rights, a disgrace to America and an offense to God. Mitt Romney's enthusiastic support of Guantanamo was reason enough to vote against him.

happy2bhere
clearfield, UT

Gee Steve C. Warren, You vote against Romney because he supports Guantanamo, but voted for Obama who said he'd close it and still hasn't. Who is more honest?

wrz
Pheonix, AZ

@m.g. scott:
"Obama said he would close Gitmo. As CINC and as the one with complete say so on foreign policy, he could close it this afternoon, (like Powell said) if he really wanted to."

Obama won't close Gitmo as he promised in his campaigns because of the resulting fall-out... such as were to move the prisoners. And, if he turns them loose they will likely return to their prior role of killing American soldiers.

So, when will he close the place...? When he second term is almost up... so that the fall-out will occur on the next president's watch... unless it turns out to be another Democrat. In which case it will stay open.

Mr. Bean
Pheonix, AZ

Never read such a hilarious article... tying Gitmo with Abu Ghraib. There is no comparison. Of course, there was misconduct at Abu Ghraib. But the prisoners at Gitmo have a better life than if they were back home in Iraq, et.al. In fact, I would bet the prisoners would be very unhappy to be released and sent home. Gitmo is like a country club for them. Plenty of good food, recreation, and leisure time in a warm sunny climate.

FT1/SS
Virginia Beach, VA

Sure, as soon as the prison is finished being built in the writer's neighborhood. Best place for captured terrorist is Gitmo.

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

wrz

Your probably right.

Steve C. Warren
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

@happy2bhere

Well, sure, he could close Guantanamo in an irresponsible way, but he wants to do it responsibly by bringing the prisoners to U.S. soil first, where they might get some actual justice, but Congress obstructs, as usual.

So, you think Romney is being more honest when he advocates violating international treaties related to the treatment of prisoners and says he believes in the Constitution but is perfectly happy to trample on the Bill of Rights. Doesn't sound very honest to me. I do give him credit, however, for supporting de facto Obamacare for the state of Massachusetts.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Thank you for your service, General.

But BO wanting it closed is probably the best argument for keeping it open.

BO does not know up from down, right from wrong, or inside from outside. He hasn't been correct on anything since he became a national figure at the 2004 dem convention. and probably not before then, either.

If BO wants it closed, it's probably best to keep it open

wrz
Pheonix, AZ

@Steve C. Warren:
"Well, sure, he could close Guantanamo in an irresponsible way, but he wants to do it responsibly by bringing the prisoners to U.S. soil first..."

Sure, where they will be tried in the US Justice system... where they will be found innocent... and released into the American society... where they can develop more strategies to kill Americans and destroy America.

jchowell
Cedar City, UT

I'll stand by retired Brigadier General and attorney David Irvine on one condition. He agrees to submit to the death penalty on the day that one of the detainees kills an American citizen. Agreed?

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